Employees may still be eligible for unemployment benefits if they turn down an offer of suitable work due to COVID-19 related reasons as defined in our temporary rules. They may still be eligible for unemployment benefits if they are:
- Ill with COVID-19.
- Potentially exposed to COVID-19 and subjected to a mandatory quarantine period.
- Staying home to care for a family member, or other person they live with or who they provide care for, who is suffering from COVID-19 or subject to mandatory quarantine.
- Unable to work because they have to stay home to care for a child due to the closure of schools, child care providers, or similar facilities due to COVID-19.
- Asked to work when it would require them to act in violation of a mandatory quarantine or government directive.
- Unable to work because they have been advised by their health care provider or by advice issued by public health officials to self-quarantine due to possible risk of exposure to or spread of COVID-19.
We know that some people may be able to get more in weekly benefits while the additional $600 payments are available than they could earn while working. However, not returning to work because of that, would make someone ineligible for benefits and could subject them to additional monetary and other penalties. This form online https://secure.emp.state.or.us/public/FraudIntake/ is available to report when employees do not return to work when asked to and it is NOT because of one of those COVID-19 reasons.